January 25, 2015.

This cover caught my attention right away. Isn’t it gorgeous!? I previewed the first chapter online, and I was blown away by the awesome action. I had to read it!

 

 

Title: Dog with a Bone (Black Dog Book 1)

Author: Hailey Edwards

Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Self-Published via NetGalley

Release date: October 2014

Pages: 184

ASIN: B00O99U15C

 

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Half-bloods with Thierry’s skill set are given two options. They can join the conclave’s marshal program, or they can pack their bags. Turn down the job offer, and you’ve just shredded your residency pass for the mortal realm and booked yourself a one-way ticket to Faerie.

 

Texas is the only home Thierry has ever known, and she’s not going anywhere. Even if it means following in her notorious father’s footsteps as a peacekeeper. But pinning on the badge opens her eyes to the fact sometimes fae need protection too, and that sometimes humans are the real monsters.

 

 

REVIEW:
To become a marshal and prove to everyone that she is not just a half-blood, Thierry must pass the rigors of training. That’s the easy part. As the only graduate of her class, Thierry and her partner are assigned their first case…only it isn’t as simple as they predicted. People are dying, including other marshals. They call in backup, but if they wait, the killer and their only lead will vanish. Too rescue as many of the missing fae as possible, Thierry and her partner must survive a gauntlet of monsters or risk becoming captured themselves.

 

This book opens up with a bang…Thierry running an obstacle course against her hunky succubus trainer. I love the sexual tension between the two of them. But when we reach the second chapter, it’s like I picked up a totally different book. All the excitement and danger vanish, and the kick-ass Thierry turns into a relatively normal teenager. Yes, I know this is a new adult novel, I just didn’t expect such a deviation from the first chapter. Anyway, once we hit the marshal case, the action snaps back into place, but it took me a while to get back into the story again. I really enjoyed the unique monsters that were introduced and the unusual ways Thierry used her abilities to solve the case. Thierry and her trainer are the perfect match, but the book felt too short to really get to know them. Which is a pity, because they sound like fascinating people. Overall, the book was an enjoyable read that could’ve been more if it had been longer.



December 08, 2014.

Thank you for participating in the Christmas Cheer and a Giveaway blog hop!

I loved learning what everyone is reading and watching!

 

And without further ado, the winner is … Lisa Kumar!

Congratulations!!

 

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December 04, 2014.

Romance Adventures BlogHop

I can’t believe it’s December already! Christmas is just around the corner, and I’ve barely started my shopping.

 

In the dead cold of winter, there’s one thing that I love to do…snuggle down with a good book (and a cat or two)! So to celebrate, a few authors put together this blog hop. While some are offering giveaways, we all have a number of books to keep you warm during this Holiday Season!

 

Me? I’m offering the winner a choice between two prizes: $10 iTunes card or the first season of Pretty Little Liars. To win, just leave a comment and tell me if you have a favorite movie or book. That’s it! I’ll pick a winner Monday, so be sure to leave a way for me to contact you or check back.

 

$10 iTunes Cards                        Pretty Little Liars: Season 1

 

If you like the darker side of paranormal romance, try one of my books:

  • Check out what happens when a sexy Scottish werewolf tangles with a troublesome witch in Coveted.
  • Prefer a yummy lion shifter who stumbles upon a witch on the run, you might enjoy BloodSworn.
  • Love a delicious fallen angel and a sexy demon, take a look at The Demon Within.
  • Or if you like something a bit darker, check out my urban fantasy series: Electric Storm and Electric Moon  **Book three, Electric Heat, will be released the beginning of next year!

 

Our books range from contemporary to historical, paranormal to urban fantasy (like me!), and some spicy hot reads. Click on the below links to find some exciting new reads, giveaways and holiday cheer!

 

1. Liza O’Connor          2. Daryl Devore                3. Jennifer Lowery

4. Andrea R Cooper     5. Melissa Keir                6. Karen Lopp

7. Aine P Massie          8. Gaeille Vanderspek    9. Joceline Farrah

10. Jenna Jaxon         11. Gina Danna                 12. Melissa Kendall

13. Sharon Cullen       14. D’Ann Lindun            15. Nikki Lynn Barrett

16. Tricia L. Quinnies   17. Lisa Kumar                18. Georgia Lyn Hunter

19. Sheri Fredricks  20. Susan Sheehey   21. Aleah Barley   22. Bobbi Romans

 

 



November 20, 2014.

When I found out they were continuing the Weird Girls series, I was thrilled! I fell in love with the lore behind the books and wanted more!

 

 

Title: A Cursed Bloodline (A Weird Girls Novel)

Author: Cecy Robson

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Random House LLC via NetGalley

Release date: November 2014

Pages: 342

ASIN: B00KK0PJLK

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Just when Celia thinks the supernatural world can’t turn deadlier, a new rival emerges, proving just how dangerous a power-hungry were can be.

 

Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia’s greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric—or Anara will kill everyone she loves.

 

From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia’s sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her.

 

Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart.

 

 

REVIEW:
Celia and her sisters have always stood on the outskirts of the paranormal and human communities, part of both worlds but belonging to neither. They created a home for themselves, found love, but something evil was hunting them. They barely survived the last attack. Their relationships have crumbled and struck rock bottom. To save the ones they love, they must make unbearable choices. United, they were unstoppable, but nasty rumors and uncaring acts tore them apart. If they want to survive, they must overcome their distrust and work together or all will be lost.

 

I love the continued lore and paranormal elements in the Weird Girls series. This book was just heartbreaking! Some of the choices they were forced to make would destroy a normal person. The main characters took one hard blow after another, just when you think something will finally work out for them, their world came crashing down again. The book was action packed and riveting. I couldn’t put it down; I had to know what happened next. Like the last book, there were a few things that felt a little off. Aric’s absence in the first half of the book felt wrong. We saw snapshots, but he’s not the full alpha we’re used to seeing. Then we have Celia. Gosh, I adore her character, but she sure took some harsh knocks. I loved that she was vulnerable, but there were times that I wondered why she didn’t try to save herself sooner. Despite all that, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I can’t wait to find out what journey these characters will tackle next!

 

 

Previous books in the series (Aren’t the covers gorgeous!!):

There are also a number of novellas available as well.

 



November 11, 2014.

Max First Snow 2014I’m not sure I’m ready for it, but winter has decided to make itself known.

 

This is also the hellhounds first snowfall as well.

 

He loved it, though he’s still learning how to navigate the fluffy white stuff when it’s taller than him.

 

Reverse. Reverse. Where’s the reverse in this thing? *snickers*

 

 

 



November 05, 2014.

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I was so excited to get an extra hour of sleep for daylight savings time.

 

Yeah, that didn’t happen. By six a.m., I had been walked all over, stomped on, nibbled, bitten and nearly suffocated when caught trying to hide under the blankets. Then, let’s not forget a head-butt that left me with a welt and a bruise on my forehead and nearly knocked me out cold.

 

Max 9-2014You’ve probably guessed who I’m talking about…the hellhound won. After forty minutes of pretending that I was allowed to sleep in, I finally crawled out of bed.

 

Don’t get me wrong, the dog didn’t have to go to the bathroom, he woke me up twice in the middle of the night for that. No, this was just for his amusement.

 

He was bored.

 

How about you? Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep?

 

(Warning: Don’t be fooled by the innocent picture. He literally bounces off the walls most of the day. This is a picture of him waiting for his daddy to come home from work.)


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October 06, 2014.

Fall -Trees/leavesWhere the heck did the summer go? Before I knew it, fall struck hard and fast!

 

It feels like winter. Even my car says so…I had to scrap off my windows for the second time this year! The news people are already hinting at snow. *brrr* A windy weekend tore down all the colorful leaves (which we only had for a few days), leaving the trees with just a few scraggly green leaves left.

Dog 4 months old -sniffing leavesOf course, dog had to investigate…ever…single…leaf, extending our afternoon walk into infinity.   *sigh*

 

So, are you a sun worshiper or do you enjoy the brisk cold?

 

Me? I definitely prefer the sun, but I do like a brisk day of 60 degrees, too. Just leave the wind-chill and we’ll call it even.  :)

 


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October 05, 2014.

 

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #99.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I picked up Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel) by Shannon Mayer a while ago, but haven’t read it yet. I looked at a few other books, but nothing really caught my attention.

 

I found three cheap reads this week:

 

 

What are you reading?

 



September 14, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #97.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I looked at a few of them. One was just so short that I didn’t bother. Another ended on a cliffhanger. No thanks. I did find two that caught my interest: Her Guardians by Jaimie Roberts & The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa

 

I found a cheap read that is getting rave reviews (The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen), and an author that is offering all her backlist for a great price. The first book is even free! I read the first book last year and enjoyed it. Did you read anything interesting lately?

 

 

 



September 06, 2014.

I stumbled across this book by accident, but I found myself curious after reading the blurb. Young Adult + Dystopian + Zombies = a must read for me!

 

 

Title: Death’s Awakening (Eternal Sorrows Book 1)

Author: Sarra Cannon

Genre: YA Dystopian

Publisher: Dead River Books via NetGalley

Release date: January 2014

Pages: 252

ASBN: B00DSKUMU2

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
For sixteen-year-old Parrish Sorrows, life is about to become a nightmare.

 

This is the night she’ll wake up to her mother’s convulsions. The night she’ll lose contact with her father and sister in New York. The night 911 will stop answering the phone.

 

This is the night a mysterious supernatural virus begins its deadly rampage across the globe, killing billions in a matter of days. And just when things can’t get worse, the dead begin to rise.

 

Parrish must embark on a perilous journey to find what’s left of her family. Along the way, she’ll team up with the gorgeous boy next door she’s always been drawn to, the snobby ex-bff she’s hated for years, a genius computer nerd, and a young boy who never says a word but is somehow a kindred spirit.

 

 

REVIEW:
I’ll start off saying that the opening really threw me. I had to read the blurb again to make sure I had the right story. Nothing made sense (until I read further into the book). So I’m going to start my review where the book begins for me. . .Parrish. She’s the school loner and likes it that way. She sees the world without the tint of trying to conform to peer pressure, and I thoroughly enjoyed her character. Not to mention she has some kick-ass moves when dealing with school bullies!

 

When the world around her breaks down, she panics, but manages to pull herself together. She forms a bond with a few other survivors, which happens to be the hot kid at school she’s been crushing on for weeks. Together, they work out a plan to find a safe haven. Only, things don’t go right from the start. As their newly discovered powers develop, they must learn to trust one another or become fodder for the zombies.

 

I enjoyed the interactions between the characters. Each chapter switched off to another character, giving us a little peek into their lives. And for me, it worked. I’m not saying I liked all the characters, but each remained true to themselves. All but the witch. I wasn’t able to connect with her at all. Why did she act evil when she hated herself for it? Then we have the story itself. . .I loved it! The only gripe I had was the span of time seemed to stretch a bit where nothing happened but them trying to survive. I’m not sure I would’ve noticed if it hadn’t been for the ending. . .or should I say the lack of ending. This was not a complete book. It ended on a cliffhanger where we don’t discover what happens to the characters or if they save the world. So very disappointing. While I enjoyed the writing and the story, I won’t be picking up the second book unless I know it will be a complete story. Bummer. . .